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COVID-19 cases in Douglas County remain steady at 62

Douglas County reported 62 cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, local officials said, the same number as Tuesday. In Douglas County, 54 out of the 62 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 have recovered, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health said in its daily update. The Kansas Department of ...

Lawrence outdoor pool to remain closed this summer

The Lawrence outdoor pool will remain closed for the summer under the city’s phased reopening plan for parks and recreation facilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the city’s plan, the Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Kentucky St., and the South Park wading pool will remain closed ...

Kansas policy lets exposed meatpacking workers stay on job

Story updated at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday TOPEKA — Kansas softened its quarantine guidelines for meatpacking plants after industry executives repeatedly pushed state officials to allow employees who were potentially exposed to the coronavirus to keep working, text messages and emails show. The ...

Third wave of Douglas County COVID-19 symptom survey open until 9 a.m. Saturday

The third wave of Douglas County’s COVID-19 symptom survey began Wednesday and will remain open until Saturday, May 23, at 9 a.m. The survey is meant to help the local health department understand how many people in Douglas County have or do not have symptoms of COVID-19, while testing ...

Nomadic family ready to hit the road again after 2-month pandemic delay

The Thomas family’s Great American itinerary did not include two months parked at a Baldwin City motel, but here they are. Before the family sold their home and most of their possessions to embark on their new nomadic life, they listed — and planned for — a lot that could go wrong. A ...

COVID-19 cases in Douglas County increase to 62

Douglas County reported 62 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, local officials said, an increase of one from Monday's count. In Douglas County, 53 out of the 62 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 have recovered, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health said in its daily update. No patients ...

Battle between governor, Legislature over Kansas’ reopening gets increasingly bitter

TOPEKA — A battle in Kansas between the Democratic governor and Republican-controlled Legislature over reopening the economy has grown increasingly bitter, clouded by election-year politics present and past. Gov. Laura Kelly has joined Democratic colleagues in other states including ...

Mask use divides Kansas lawmakers as they prepare to convene

MISSION — Kansas lawmakers are divided on the importance of masks as they prepare to convene for the final day of the session, generating concerns that the gathering could fuel a coronavirus outbreak in the Legislature. Republican Rep. Don Hineman, a farmer from Dighton, said some lawmakers ...

Bus parade honors high school graduates in Lawrence

A school bus parade traveled throughout neighborhoods in the Free State High School attendance area Tuesday in honor of the school's Class of 2020 graduates. Before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of school buildings and cancellation of in-person events, the high school had been ...

Watch Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s May 19 press briefing about COVID-19

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly will update residents Tuesday on the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic in the state. The press briefing will be streamed live on Facebook and Journal-World readers will be able to watch the video here. Check back after the briefing for a story about ...

Lawsuit filed against Prairie Village nursing home with 14 virus deaths

The family of an 88-year-old man who died in a COVID-19 outbreak at a suburban Kansas City nursing home has sued. KCUR reports that the wrongful death suit that was filed Monday on behalf of the family of Gordan Grohman alleges that the staff at Brighton Gardens in Prairie Village failed to ...